Smiths Falls launches 2-year ATV pilot project
Area ATV enthusiasts have been lobbying for an ATV trail system through Smiths Falls for years.
Now it looks as if they could be getting a lot closer to achieving a permanent solution.
Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop told Lake 88, “Town council was approached with a request from the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs for what they term a very critical link for eight local clubs through the town of Smiths Falls to link up with the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail.”
Dunlop said they asked for and received a motion of support from Smiths Falls Council to move forward with a two year pilot, that would require an agreement and by-law from the municipality.
“We are going to be reaching out to the public very much in an educational manner, so they can understand the rules of the roads that are associated with ATVs and we’re going to be reaching out to the landowners on that route to engage a dialogue with them,” said Dunlop.
He told Lake 88 that as it stands, the province is heading in the direction that sees ATV uses openly accepted on municipal roads. “We just want to explore that two year pilot any improvements that might have to made to accommodate that on a more permanent basis,” concluded the Director.
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